sew rushed

cotton friend top.jpg
Around 10pm the other night I got a hankering to get some sewing done, so I rushed down to my sewing room and started slapping together this top I had cut out. I learned it’s not a good idea to sew in a hurry, because if you’re like me and lazy to begin with, you get lazier and cut even more corners when you’re speeding along. So, I just sewed and didn’t pay attention to fit, which is why the armholes are a little lower than I would have liked. But see, lazy can be good sometimes, because I am going to just wear this anyway, armholes be danged. The pattern is from an old issue of Cotton Friend (Japanese craft magazine), and I’ve had the fabric for a long time (Heather Ross?).
The other excitement around here is that yesterday afternoon I discovered a DROWNED RAT IN THE BASEMENT TOILET. It was just about the most horrifying experience I have endured (I am exaggerating a bit, but yeah, it was gross). Peter picked a fine time to leave the country! I’m surprised Deedle didn’t find it and try to eat it. Urgh. Anyway, I am a total wimp, so I couldn’t deal with it. Luckily I have kind friends, and one came over with the intention to extract the dead rat. Instead, she just flushed it back down the toilet! She flushed 3 times for good measure then checked later to ensure the rat was back in the sewage pipes where it belongs (that is really disgusting). I don’t know if I will ever be able to pee in that toilet again. Perhaps it can be a growth area for me.

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25 Responses to sew rushed

  1. Marcia says:

    I’d like to think that Deedle (of ratter ilk) chased the rat into the toilet. Therefore you would need not be afraid of, ummm, rat’s ass.

  2. splatgirl says:

    omg. you are SO kidding about the rat, right? Is there someone you can call to complain, like other than to Peter for leaving the country? Because that is wronger than wrong. I think I would not only never pee in there again, but I’d strongly consider duct taping the lid shut.
    The top is cute on you! You could raise the armholes a bit by making a deeper shoulder seam on top, but really, for summer…nice and cool, or wear a tank top under it.

  3. sally says:

    Ooh…the top looks nice and cool.
    And I sorta gagged reading about the drowned rat…I would have freaked out!!

  4. Wow! I would probably deem that entire room off limits after duct-taping the lid closed, and stuffing towels under the door! Beyond gross…

  5. homejewel says:

    When we moved into base housing in the Philippines, the previous tenants told us about a similar situation with a rat in the toilet, except she found it alive and staring at her. This was one of the rare times she actually turned the light on to go in the middle of the night. Can you imagine if she hadn’t turned the light on? I get the shivers just thinking about it.
    Why is it that these kinds of things happen when husbands are away?!
    Cute top!

  6. megan says:

    I always check for rats in the pot in the middle of the night. Thank God I’ve never found any. And I always check for boobs hanging out when the armholes are too big…and on you, I would never find any either!!!!!!

  7. Donna says:

    Oh, you are really making me want to check/never again check the toilet in the basement. We use it maybe once a year when someone is so desperate they just can’t wait in line for the upstairs toilet.

  8. sara says:

    I CANNOT believe you had a rat in the toilet and that you got rid of it by flushing! You must have a good toilet and pipes because I can’t imagine that working out at our house?!
    On a brighter note, the top is lovely! I adore that Heather Ross fabric.

  9. Kay says:

    I cannot think about The Situation You Describe without becoming Hysterical. Surely this is what 911 is for.
    But on a happier note I also wanted to let you know that some people are still waiting for you to sew your underwear.

  10. molly! says:

    YUCK. You have the nicest friends!
    I thought for sure you would have a comment from my mom about the time there was a dead rat in our basement that had come up through the toilet… a big heavy weight sat on top of that toilet after that and I’m pretty sure it was never used.
    That said though, I had never even HEARD about the rat until after I moved to Japan. My parents were smart to keep that one quiet!

  11. shokufeh says:

    Cute top!
    Kind of freaked out about the rat, even though I’m on the other side of the country. Considering duct taping my toilet lids shut, just in case.

  12. sue says:

    lovely rat story. turning on the lights and checking from now on.

  13. Callista says:

    Cute top!
    But omg about the rat in the toliet. Ick! That’s a nightmare.

  14. Melissa says:

    Cute top! I like the contrasting green trim.

  15. marie says:

    Thank goodness for friends that will willingly flush dead rats down toilets! (and 3 times for good measure!) balancing the bad with the good, the top looks lovely on you! arm holes and all!

  16. maryse says:

    well at least it was dead.
    i’m not easily freaked out (i worked in a lab with rats years ago) but that is pretty bad.
    get yourself a small net — just in case he shows up again.

  17. koren says:

    The rat thing happened to us 2x! We mentioned it to a plumber & he said rats in the toilet = holes in your sewer line. We had the sewer line scoped and found holes, cracks, roots etc. We replaced the sewer line and no more rats and no more effluent leaking into the yard!

  18. madmommy says:

    I once had a blackbird in my toilet. My first hint that something was awry…the toilet lid was down (which I was not in the habit of, then). I open the lid, and it stares at me. Called my mother-in-law, down the street. She told me later she didn’t believe me until she lifted the lid and it started flying around the room! Don’t know how it got there, but we shooed it out the front door. Guess I’d rather a bird than a rat, though!

  19. Lydia says:

    Ew! I’ve heard of rats in the toilet, usually alive, and I’ve always found it rather unsettling even though I haven’t experienced that yet. I guess my cat leaving half-eaten mice at the door and throwing-up the other half on my bedroom floor, at 12:30 a.m., is not as bad as rats in the toilet.
    Cute top!

  20. Tizzy says:

    Rat in the toilet?! So that urban myth really IS true? We have sweet pet rats so I’m no rat phobic, but up through the toilet is another story. Great top!

  21. Jennifer says:

    OMG! The top is gorgeous… but I’m sort of wishing you had posted a picture of the dead rat. (OK – just joking on that one). It sounds like something from a bad movie! How weird. I’m glad it wasn’t in your main bathroom. I think avoiding that bathroom is a grand idea.

  22. Seanna Lea says:

    Cute top. A little too short to wear over just a pair of leggings, but looks like it would go well with jeans (or shorts).

  23. eeeEEEEEeeeew drowned rat!! *shiver* But i love the tops you’re making. 😉

  24. SeaBird says:

    Such cute fabric! And sign me up for your underwear as well!!

  25. Kevin says:

    I too have had the unfortunate experience of discovering drowned rats in my toilet. It happened twice at the place I used to live. Ugh! I suggest that for the near future, keep a jug of household ammonia next to the commode and pour a little, about 1/8 of a cup into the bowl after each flush. Rats don’t like the smell of ammonia any more than we do and when they get a whiff of it they will move along to the next sewer pipe.

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